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Wild Black Currant - Ribes americanum

Native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNR

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 6

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General Description
Stems erect or ascending, spineless, 1–1.5 m. Twigs with sessile, yellow glands, pubescent; the bark gray to black. Leaf blades 1–7 cm wide, shallowly cordate to truncate at the base, 3(5)-lobed, shallowly to deeply dentate, the underside sparsely pubescent and glandular. Inflorescence 4- to 10-flowered, spreading, ca. as long as the leaves. Flowers tubular-campanulate, 6–10 mm long, green to white, pubescent; calyx lobes 2–4 mm long, narrowly oblong; petals white, 2–3 mm long; stamens equaling the petals; styles glabrous, united to the tip. Berry glabrous, 5–9 mm long, black, unpalatable (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Species Range

Range Comments
WA to SK south to CA, NM and SD (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 19

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Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Woodlands, streambanks, riparian forests, swamps; plains, valleys (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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    • Joslin, G.J. 1975. Behavior and environmental selection by Elk (Cervus canadensis nelsoni) during surrmer and fall in the First and Second Yellow Mule drainages, Madison County, Montana. M.Sc. Thesis. Bozeman, Montana: Montana State University, Bozeman. 65 p.
    • Lesica, P., M.T. Lavin, and P.F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
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